Imagine you are taking your kid home from school. Its a normal day kids are walking on the sidewalks. You turn a corner (no one is behind you) when suddenly a light green subaru is right on your tail and tailgating you.
You pull to one side and stop (probably too abruptly for him) and you roll down your window and say “go around”.
He’s out of his car in a split second running at your door screaming at the top of his lungs “why did you stop? Why did you stop?” He’s trying to sound like a police officer, but the car is wrong, there are no lights, he’s dressed all wrong…
like some hair-cut model picture on the wall of a hair place. (Imagine for the sake of argument that Starsky & Hutch is just an old TV show.)
You ask if he is a police officer, and he says “yeah”. He whips out a black wallet… and the wallet is EMPTY. All it shows is a gold printed silk screen of a “NJSP”, about 1/4 inch big, along one corner in a gold stripe… and no other identifying characteristics of ID.
For all intents and purposes, its as empty as a department store wallet.
He doesn’t ask for money, but he’s getting off on being a loud-mouthed asshole to you and he’s scaring your kid. You then put two & two together, you start your car and you off, leaving him to call BS after you in the street as you drive away.
Q1: Would you call the REAL police when you get home and report this? Would you have them send a REAL police car to your house & take a report? Keep in mind your kid is pretty shaken up (and you might be a little too).
Q2: SHOULD you call the police and file a report on this? Would the police even want to know about it? Do they care? (Technically nothing really happened except some asshole (“The Chams-Man”?) bloviated at you.
Yes, this guy “stole valor” from REAL police, yes its a felony, yes they sell wallets like that at every uniform supply store in the tri-state area and to virtually anybody who walks in.
They also take email orders that ship to PO boxes (spent a week a uniform place once, I know).
What would you do?